Rare Agatha Christie thriller coming to the Marlowe Theatre

A scene from Love From A Stranger. Picture: Sheila Burnett

Agatha Christie’s classic thriller Love from a Stranger is coming to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury next month.

Originally called Philomel Cottage, the story tells of Cecily Harrington’s whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger.

Sweeping her off her feet, she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage.

She discovers, however, that her new found love is not all that he seems.

According to the Broadway World website, which reports on stage news, the story by one of the world’s greatest crime writers is hardly ever performed giving Canterbury fans a rare opportunity to see it.

Love From A Stranger. Picture: Sheila Burnett

The theatre describes the show as: “Electric with suspense and with a shocking twist in its tail, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is rediscovered in a brand new production.”

Lucy Bailey directs the show. She has also directed classics such as Gaslight and Dial M for Murder.

The story was adapted for the stage by Frank Vosper, an actor and playwright who died in 1937. He changed the title to Love from a Stranger.

Love From a Stranger is presented in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

It runs from Tuesday, April 3 to Saturday April 7. The evening shows start at 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets cost between £9.25 and £34.75. For bookings and information call the box office on 01227 787787.


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